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Tag Archives: Austin City Council Audit and Finance Committee

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City regulations may create more homelessness

City ordinances prohibiting panhandling in certain areas, criminalizing camping in public places, living in a car or tent, or sitting or lying on the sidewalk in parts of downtown are creating barriers that make it more difficult for people to…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Public Works skipped quality controls

The Public Works Department, which oversees the city’s capital projects, like the new Central Library and Water Treatment Plant 4, has failed to “consistently follow processes designed to contain costs and ensure the quality” of such projects, according to a…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit shows big problems with demo permitting

The Office of the City Auditor has found that the city’s demolition permitting process is not designed efficiently and contains gaps that allow unsafe practices during demolition.According to an audit approved by the City Council Audit and Finance Committee Tuesday,…

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin’s fleet maintenance costly, audit shows

The cost of providing routine oil changes and inspections of the city’s light-duty, nonpublic safety vehicles is more than twice the cost of an oil change and inspection at a private company, according to an audit released by the Office…

Friday, March 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fixing street cut repair program to take time

City Council Member Ellen Troxclair said she was “really alarmed” when she read the Office of the City Auditor report showing that the city has a 3.6-year backlog in repairing potholes created by utility crews fixing water lines. That’s the…

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Jo Clifton

City still dealing with retaliation, harassment

The appearance of two witnesses – one employee and one former employee of the city of Austin – at Wednesday’s City Council Audit and Finance Committee added a sense of urgency to the findings of an outside auditor’s report on…

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit: City needs new flood buyout policy

The Office of the City Auditor found that the city of Austin has provided the full cost of replacement housing for people displaced by flooding in the Onion Creek and Williamson Creek flood buyout areas, just as it was directed…

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit criticizes city’s historic program management

Citing a lack of staff dedicated to the city’s historic preservation program, an outdated fee collection system and inadequate coordination between historic preservation staff and those higher up in the chain of command, the Office of the City Auditor has…

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit critical of city, neighborhood contact teams

The city’s neighborhood planning processes “are inequitable, lack transparency, and may constitute a risk to fair housing choice,” according to an audit conducted by the Office of the City Auditor. Auditors presented their findings to the City Council Audit and…

Monday, October 31, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds employee abused city’s tax-free account

Using the city’s tax-free account to reduce his sales tax bill by only about $100 has led to a city employee’s being placed on administrative leave, city officials say.The Office of the City Auditor’s Integrity Unit continues to see a…

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Chief addresses complaints, demotions

Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo on Wednesday strongly defended his decision to suspend and demote two supervisors for failing to appropriately investigate two high-profile use-of-force complaints. He also scoffed at Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday’s call for him…

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds bilingual services disorganized

An analysis prepared by the Office of the City Auditor shows that although the city spends $2 million per year on bilingual pay programs, the vast majority of city departments do not collect data on the residents they serve. The…

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

No new members for animal advisory group

The City Council Audit and Finance Committee on Monday postponed for one month a vote to recommend adding members to the city’s Animal Advisory Commission from Travis County, as requested last year by County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. In doing so,…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Audit pinpoints Transportation Department trouble

Austin’s top local transportation official is taking in stride a newly released report from the city auditor that finds plenty of room for improvement on city transportation initiatives.Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar said he wasn’t surprised by any of the…

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Too many land-use professionals?

At Monday’s City Council Audit and Finance Committee meeting, Council members rejected the idea of allowing the Environmental Commission to have five land-use professionals among its 11 members.The current rules governing membership on the Environmental Commission allow for only three…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Jo Clifton

No third-party audit likely for Resource Recovery

Members of the City Council Audit and Finance Committee declined Monday to endorse a recommendation from the Zero Waste Advisory Commission that the city hire an independent third party to audit Austin Resource Recovery.However, they did endorse a recommendation from…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Code Department slammed (again) in city audit

The department charged with policing overgrown grass, short-term rentals and illegally discarded junk fails to follow a consistent protocol for overseeing violations and does not enforce violations with equal fervor on city-owned property, reads a report from the Office of…

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jack Craver

African American Advisory Commission membership raises questions at Audit and Finance

The Audit and Finance Committee spent just under an hour trying to resolve a dispute over membership on the African American Resource Advisory Commission at its Dec. 14 meeting.At issue were the six seats on the 17-member commission reserved for…

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Jack Craver

Animal Services chief responds to department audit

Austin is a leader in animal shelter and care, but the common metrics used for auditing animal care facilities have not kept pace with its no-kill policy, Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond told the Audit and Finance Committee on…

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City audit finds trouble with affordable housing

A city audit has found that Austin does not have an effective strategy to meet its current affordable housing needs.The audit of the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department found that NHCD “has not adopted a clear goal, established timelines,…

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